Black Theology

REL605
Fall 2017
T 1:30-3:20pm
Area: 
Area II
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course considers varied black theological traditions.  It inquires, “what does it mean to be black and Christian [and by extension as we shall see throughout the semester – what does it mean to be black, Christian, and poor; black, Christian, and woman; black, Christian, and sexually minoritized; and black, Christian, and diasporan immigrant, and/or any aggregation of these social indicators] amidst racist, sexist, heterosexist, and xenophobic social contexts and theological metanarratives rooted in white cisgendered heteronormativity?  In light of black realities, black theology asks: who is God and who is God in Christ for those who live and move and have their being in the margins of church and society?  Students will preliminarily engage the underpinnings of the black radical tradition as a proto-black theological response to anti-black racism in the US. Student will further engage the substantial intracommunal critique of black theological method.  The course will conclude with an examination of the problem of ontological blackness, as well as an abbreviated consideration of the peril and promise that varieties of blacknesses and black religious experience hold for the Black Church and for black theological and praxeological tasks in the 21st century.

Background Expected: 

N/A

Course Requirements: 

Completion of weekly required readings
2-page Social location statement
5-page in-class paper presentation
In-class midterm
1-page final paper proposal
12-15-page final paper

Basis of Evaluation: 

Completion of assignments by due date; Accuracy and precision of scholarship ; Clarity and intellectual precision of oral and written presentations; Depth of comprehension of reading material and in-class engagement; Creativity; Grammar & Style